Surf City, NJ, USA

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Surf City, NJ, USA

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A major waterside metropolis in Virginia

Norfolk’s views out over Chesapeake Bay and its sprawling miles of sparkling, sandy beaches might draw you in, but this buzzing waterfront city has far more to offer than the curving coastline and watery panorama. The burgeoning dining scene serves up everything from Southern soul food to American-Asian fusion, while the nightlife will have you up past your bedtime. Whether you book a beachfront property with views out over the radiant blue waters of Chesapeake Bay, or you prefer a downtown Norfolk vacation rental in the heart of the action, it’s easy to enjoy the best of both worlds here.

Delve into history in Virginia

Norfolk is a haven for history buffs. Hear tales of bravery and sea battles on the deck of the battleship Wisconsin, or delve further into military history onshore at the Nauticus maritime museum. Norfolk also perfect for exploring by bike or on foot. The Elizabeth River Trail winds riverside through the city from Harbor Park to the Hermitage Foundation Museum and Naval Station Norfolk. A guided tour of this naval base, the largest in the world, by qualified personnel is sure to be a vacation highlight. Alternatively, you can pound the city’s streets on the Cannonball Trail, a self-guided walking tour that takes in historical sites including the MacArthur Memorial.

A playground for culture vultures

With a vibrant arts scene, colorful – and mermaid-themed – public art initiatives, and nationally renowned museums like the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk is the region’s cultural hub. For a night out to remember, head for a stirring performance at the Virginia Opera, Wells Theatre, or Chrysler Hall, or at one of the many alternative venues springing up in the city’s buzzing NEON district. One memorable way to see the city is to book a sailing trip on the tall ship American Rover, or enjoy a sunset cruise along the Elizabeth River.

All-weather escapes to Norfolk

Spring is a fine time to see the best of Norfolk. These serene, sunny days are ideal for renting a beachfront Norfolk vacation rental, with many having direct access to the beach and scenic views over Chesapeake Bay. The warm summer days continue through to September, although August can be wet. You’ll find the Atlantic Ocean moderates summer highs and winter lows, making Norfolk pleasant year-round. Here, winters are usually mild, and temperatures rarely freezing.

Coastal explorations in Virginia

A Norfolk vacation rental is ideal for enjoying the sandy beaches and Atlantic waters of Chesapeake Bay. Anglers can cast into the surf from the fishing piers, or charter a boat to enjoy the saltwater fishing in the bay. Away from the coast, do make time to revel in the scents and color of Norfolk Botanical Garden by strolling its many miles of pathways. If you’re traveling with kids, they’ll love splashing through the fountains of its children’s adventure garden. The lush greenery and more than 500 animals to be seen at Norfolk’s Virginia Zoo make for another enjoyable family-friendly day out.